Supporting Diversity in the Community
In Canada, we designate at least 10% of TD’s community sponsorship funds for diversity-related organizations. In 2010 we exceeded this commitment by donating 18.6%, or $6.9 million, to diversity-related organizations.
The majority of activities we support reflect our own diversity priorities: members of visible minority groups, women, people with disabilities, people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allies (LGBTA) and, in Canada, Aboriginal Peoples. In addition to funding events, we provide year round support to organizations that want to make a difference in society. We also connect community organizations with employees who want to volunteer.
Examples in 2010 include:
- Supporting the annual celebration of Black History Month with a series of arts, entertainment and cultural events in the Greater Toronto Area. The theme “Then & Now” recognized the many accomplishments of black Canadians, past and present.
- Helping bring two large diversity events to Toronto: World Pride 2014 festivities and the Urban Financial Services Coalition (UFSC) North American conference in 2012. UFSC provides professional development for members of visible minority groups within financial service institutions. This will be the first time the organization has held a conference outside the U.S.
- Supporting 15 Pride festivals in Canada and the U.S.
- Presenting sponsor of the YWCA New York City Academy of Women Achievers annual event honouring women in business who work to empower women and eliminate racism.
- Supporting the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Centers in the U.S. that offer prevention and care services to men, women and their families that are living with, or affected by HIV/AIDS.
- Supporting the Queer Women’s Health Initiative launch an awareness campaign among diverse communities about the need for annual pap tests to prevent the development of cervical cancer.
- Presenting sponsor of Mayfest, a highly anticipated annual event for members of the deaf community, their family and friends.
- Partnership with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) to extend their successful Mentoring Partnership to Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatchewan, Kitchener-Waterloo, New Brunswick and Halifax. The program helps new immigrants with their job search in Canada.